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The Week in Electronics Retail Crime

September 4, 2009 By Stephen Silver
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Thieves Rob Apple Store, Very Quickly

Five thieves broke into an Apple Store in southern New Jersey and stole 23 Macbooks, 14 iPhones and 9 iPod Touches in just over 30 seconds, in a theft that was caught on store security footage. According to 6ABC news in Philadelphia, one of the thieves motioned to a security guard that he had a gun during the 2:30 a.m. robbery. As of Thursday the robbery remained unsolved.

Database Hacker Pleads Guilty
A man accused of breaking into the credit card databases of several major retailers, including Target, OfficeMax, J.C. Penney, TJX and a lot more, has agreed to a plea bargain in which he will receive 15-25 years in prison. According to Storefront Backtalk, Albert Gonzalez also agreed to surrender nearly $3 million. Gonzalez' crimes have been described as the largest identity theft in U.S. history. The guilty plea is to charges in New York and Massachusetts; federal charges in New Jersey remain outstanding

iPhone Thieves Caught by GPS
A man whose iPhone was stolen used the "Find My iPhone" GPS feature to catch the three men who robbed him. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the man, who was also robbed of credit cards, called police and alerted them to the thieves' location via GPS. They were tracked towards a Walmart, where the thieves were trying to use the credit card. The three men were arrested at a nearby gas station and were charged with two counts each of access device fraud, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and possessing instruments of crime; two of them were also charged with robbery.

Man Who Stole 9,000 iPods Headed to Jail
A man in Kalamazoo, Mich. convicted of stealing over 9,000 iPods from Apple via mail fraud has been sentenced to 13 months in prison and $650,000 in restitution. According to the AP, the 23-year-old man perpetuated a scam in which he submitted serial numbers of fictitious iPod Shuffles to Apple, pretended to be a customer with a broken player, and received a new one from the company each time. He then resold the devices. He was convicted of mail fraud and money laundering.


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